Mikel Arteta hails ‘exceptional’ Gabriel Jesus but insists there’s more to come from the Arsenal striker

The Brazilian was superb again in the Gunners’ comfortable win over Bournemouth, heavily involved in his side’s opening two goals before having a strike ruled out by VAR late in the game.

Jesus had an immediate impact at Arsenal, lifting those around him and playing a major role at the club as they won their first three games of a Premier League season for the first time in 18 years.

While Arteta was full of praise for his striker, he insisted that Jesus can reach new levels.

“These individual actions make the difference in football,” Arteta told Sky Sports.

“Gabby does this week after week. He didn’t score today but he was involved in the goals and his contribution to the team was exceptional.

He added: “He is 25 years old so he can still improve his level a lot. He is quite hungry and has a huge desire to improve and be the best he can be. That’s what he must do.

Martin Odegaard put the Gunners within two goals against Bournemouth with just over ten minutes on the clock, before William Saliba ensured there were no nerves in the second half with a brilliant strike for his opener at Arsenal.

That leaves Arteta’s side top of the Premier League table, at least until Manchester City take on Newcastle on Sunday, although once again the Arsenal boss has proven a tough man to impress. .

“Still far [from perfect]said Arteta.

“We had good periods and we were very effective in the opposition half, but in the second half we conceded too many chances at Bournemouth to put the box in the box and then you will suffer.

“I’m proud because it’s not easy to come here and win 3-0 but there are still things to improve.”


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